Peugeot presented to the public the 208 GTi 30th anniversary special edition at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, ahead of its launch in November 2014.
Thirty years after the legendary 205 GTi, the new and more powerful 208 GTi delivers intense driving sensations thanks to its new Euro 6 1.6-litre THP petrol engine, delivering 208bhp and increased torque of 300 Nm.
Peugeot has left its mark on the history of motorsport over many decades and today that DNA can now be found in the genes of the RCZ R, pumped up by Peugeot Sport. Celebrating 30 years since the original 205 GTi, it is now the turn for the 208 GTi to pass through the expert hands of Peugeot Sport, to give it a more radical character with extra soul, a response to enthusiasts wanting a sportier and more passionate experience.
The suspension has been lowered by 10mm, the track widened by 22mm at the front and 16mm at the rear. Its larger wheels stand out, giving it a well planted stance on the road, clearly indicating its sporty intent. The chic bright chrome finishers on the 208 GTi are replaced by matt black on the 208 GTi 30th, giving it a more brutish look. At the front the same treatment is applied to the grille surround, the fog lamps and door mirror shells. From the side, the lowered stance is accentuated by matt black side skirts and wheel arch extensions that cover new 18” wheels finished with matt black rims. The front wheels house large red Peugeot Sport labelled brake calipers. The window strip, which pays homage to the illustrious 205 GTi, is finished in matt black, while the quarter panel bears a “208 GTi 30th” logo. At the rear, the rounded twin chrome tail pipes ensure the sound of the new engine is fully expressed to enhance the driving experience.
Uniting red and black in a two-tone and two-material treatment is innovative and unique. The front is finished in a textured black, contrasting with the new lacquered red at the rear. The two colours are divided by a sharp oblique straight-cut line. The 208 GTi 30th will also be available in top of the range Pearl White and Ruby Red, historical colours of GTi cars.
Inside, the compact steering wheel enhances driving sensations. The instruments, located high up, are directly in view. This facilitates the reading of information, which becomes instantaneous, without the driver having to take their eyes off the road. The driving position is ideally complemented by a specific bucket seat developed by Peugeot Sport.
The sporty temperament of the 208 GTi 30th can also be seen in the figures: 0 to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds and 0 to 1000 m in 26.5 seconds. Mid-range acceleration is also of a high level with figure of 6 seconds for 80 to 120 km/h in 5th gear. Its performance and sharper handling are achieved with efficiency that is unprecedented in the segment, with CO2 emissions of just 125g/km.
The new 1.6L THP engine, meeting the Euro 6 emissions standard, is fitted with Stop & Start.
Its maximum torque is increased to 300 Nm and maximum power to 208bhp. The power and torque are transmitted to the wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox with specific gear ratios, and a Torsen limited slip differential - both taken from the RCZ R, allowing the full potential of the vehicle to be exploited.